Wadi el Gemal National Park, Red Sea, Egypt 

The Wadi el-Gamal protected area near Hamata is a national park that covers an area of 60 km including the Wadi Gemal islands, Red Sea coast, coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves. The area has more than 450 species of corals and over 1,200 species of fishes, making it one of the most biodiverse areas in Egypt. You can still find ibex and gazelles in this protectorate and the seagrass contain engendered animals like Dugong, Green Turtles, and Chelonia mydas, which nests on the coast and islands.

Wadi el-Gamal has a freshwater stream that joins with seawater forming a low-salinity marsh that supports reed beds and Dom’s palms. At the inside the Balanites aegyptiaca, dominate; further inland is the Toothbrush Bush, Salvadora persica.

Epic Egypt Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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